Tuesday, 27 January 2015

BuddhiBox Review - January 2015 - Eco-Lifestyle Subscription Box

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? BuddhiBox
How Much? $30.95 US per month, plus $9.99 shipping to Canada
What’s in it? Mix of 4-6 full-size products and product samples to enrich mind, body, and soul.

BuddhiBox is a subscription service for yoga lovers. The goal of BuddhiBox is to deliver "monthly mindfulness through a curated box of products that enhance your yoga practice and lifestyle". Each month you will receive items that enrich mind, body, and soul. Items may include healthy food, supplements, beauty products, and yoga accessories. A monthly BuddhiBox will include 4-6 products for you to discover and share. Even if you don't practice yoga, BuddhiBox is for people who enjoy a peaceful and mindful existence. BuddhiBox practices Saucha (living purely) and only partners with businesses that follow ethical and conscious standards in production. They also donate a portion of proceeds to charity.

 First look - Each month the box opens to an inspirational quote. I love that element!

Along with the product card, we also get a monthly recipe and yoga pose. This month the recipe is for Tofu Spinach Soup and the pose Warrior I, or "Virabhadrasana I".

Water Thru Skin 3-Wish Bracelet ($12)
This wish bracelet has a conscience. Charity focused, vegan & Eco-friendly in every stitch. Wear  me as a fashion statement, as a reminder, as a pledge, and as your vote for a better world. With every product sold, WTS supports foundations dedicated to saving animals and planting trees around the world.

Danmala Artisan Tea in Masala Cocoa (Single Serving, $3)
This tea is described as "a chocolatey treat filled with sugar and spice". Danmala teas were created to honor mother nature. Handcrafted, organically grown and ethically harvested. 

Auromere Incense in Matijpal Peace (3 mini stick sample, $0.30)
Matijpal comes from the fragrant sap of the Peepal tree, known as the "Bodhi" Tree because the Buddha achieved realization while seated in meditation beneath it. The fragrant smoke creates a soothing and deeply peaceful atmosphere.
This is a bonus item that wasn't included on the product card. It smells divine. Auromere Incense is imported from South India, where incense making is an ancient art.

Akima Botanicals Yoga Mat Spray (4oz, $10 per company website)
Made with anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and disinfecting Essential Oils. A lovely citrus scent with a hint of lavender to maintain a calm yet refreshed state of mind. Of course, this is great for Pilates mats and other exercise equipment as well.
Sencha Green Tea Mints in Yuzu Ginger (35 mints 21g Eco-Tube, $4)
Introduced to Japan during the appropriately-named Tang Dynasty, the tangy yuzu fruit is said to warm the body and relax the mind. This floral citrus fruit blends with tantalizing ginger for a mint experience unlike any other. 
These mints are made with whole leaf green tea to help you fight Dragon Breath naturally. They are low in caffeine (3 mints = 1 mg). The Yuzu Ginger flavour was a little strange at first, but they did leave my mouth feeling very fresh. These are available online in Canada from well.ca.

Aurorae Yoga Slip Free Rosin Bag ($12.95 - currently on sale for $7.95)
Aurorae Yoga Rosin Bag has been developed to aid in the prevention of Slipping on your Yoga mat. Similar to gymnasts, tennis players and baseball pitchers, perspiration creates slipping problems when a firm grip is necessary to maximize their performance. Our Aurorae Yoga Slip Free Rosin Bag increases your gripping power and absorbs perspiration with the slight touch of the bag. 
Yoga Sak Wet Bag ($9.95)
The Yoga Sak Wet Bag is a super functional and convenient on-the-go solution for storing your soiled clothes after those sweaty and tough workouts. The Wet Bag features a water proof inner lining and is machine washable. It fits nice and snug inside the Yoga Sak's rear compartment for easy storage. The Wet Bag is an add on piece for a "Yoga Sak", which is a backpack style yoga bag with oodles of pockets and storage spots. It's said to be the best yoga bag on the market, so it's worth checking out. The Wet Bag is handy even if you don't have a Yoga Sak. I'm taking it with me on vacation in a few weeks to use for my bathing suit and workout wear.

The January BuddhiBox included seven items, with retail value over $52. It's a great assortment of items this month, with three items to enhance your yoga practice, and four items to enhance your lifestyle and mood. I love that BuddhiBox always introduces me to new products and brands, and helps me life a more mindful and peaceful existence. January is another great month from BuddhiBox. This box is available for one-time purchase from the BuddhiBox Shop. It's $30.95, plus shipping. Click here to check it out.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Birchbox Review - January 2015 - Canadian Beauty Subscription Box

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What is it? Birchbox Canada
How Much? $10/month plus $4.95 shipping, or $159.40/year including shipping (CDN $)
What’s in it? Five personalized beauty samples, tailored to your profile.

Birchbox is one of the first beauty subscription services. It's the premiere beauty sampling service in the US and it's the service that launched the entire beauty box craze. Established in New York in 2010 by two friends, Birchbox now has operations in the UK, France, Spain, Belgium, and now... Canada! Birchbox announced in mid-November they would begin operating in Canada. This is the second box for Canadian subscribers.

The Canadian site is completely separate from the US site, so don't expect to receive the same samples that American subscribers are receiving. We also don't get all the special features our friends to the south enjoy, like Sample Choice, Birchbox Aces, and all those fun Limited Edition boxes. Hopefully in the future the Canadian site will grow up to be like it's American cousin.

To get an idea of what sort of samples you might receive, scroll through the Birchbox CA shop and check out the brands. Those are the same brands they are sending out for sampling. Again, hopefully in the future there is more choice and selection for the Canadian site, because right now it's pretty limited.

We're speeding full force into 2015 with a vow to make the most of every minute—starting now! And we can't think of a better way to begin than with some must-have beauty picks to help you look and feel your best. So go ahead: Take your samples for a spin and help us ring in an even more beautiful New Year.
First look & Product card! 

Tocca Cremo de Mano in Cleopatra/Grapefruit Cucumber (1oz, $5)
The secret to this intensely hydrating cream is an indulgent blend of shea butter, avocado oil, and aloe. 
I've seen this brand in the Birchbox shop, but never tried it. The cucumber scent is nice and refreshing.

Beauty Protector Protect & Treat Hair Mask (1oz, $7.50)
The formula is loaded with antioxidants to neutralize damaging free radicals. Argan oil, honey, amber, and crushed pearls (if the mask’s creamy texture wasn’t proof enough of its luxuriousness) revive strands and preserve their youthful texture and shine. What’s more, the mask works with all hair types, and is cruelty-free.
This sample comes in the form of two 0.5oz jars. The instructions say only a quarter size amount is required for each application, so a 1oz sample will last quite a while.

Model Co. Party Proof Matte Lipstick in Dusk Till Dawn (Set single, $7.67)
The concentrated, vitamin-rich formula heals dryness while coating lips in long-lasting color.
Birchbox sells these deluxe sample tube lipsticks in a trio set for $23. This colour is part of the Neutrals trio. A full size lipstick from ModelCo is $18. 

Embroyolisse Lait-Crème Concentre (5ml, $1.87)
This concentrated formula is rich without being heavy, thanks to shea butter, aloe, and soy proteins. It absorbs quickly without any residue.
Along with a moisturizer, Birchbox says this "doubles as a makeup remover, post-shave soother, and all-over body lotion".

Folle de Joie Eau de Parfum (2ml sample vial, $2.32 )
The perfume opens with a burst of freshness from an intimate blend of calming citrus and a light woodsy floral, giving away to playful hints of cognac. Its middle notes—jasmine and Damascenia rose—give the fragrance a carefree, summery vibe. Finally, warm base notes of spicy woods and rich leather add a seductive finish.
I've read lots of great reviews about this perfume so I really wanted to try it and was quite happy to receive a sample this month. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to the reviews of me. A bit too floral for my tastes.

My January Birchbox contained five products, valued at $24.36 CDN. I paid about $13.28 CDN for this box (with a year subscription). I'm happy to receive the Folle de Joie sample, even though it's not my favourite. The Tocca hand cream is great, and Tocca is another brand I see all over but have never tried. The ModelCo lipstick isn't my shade so I think it will be swapped. Overall it's a good box. The value is good and the sample sizes are decent. I like that I'm getting to sample all of Birchbox's cult products, that I have seen promoted online through the US site for a couple of years. However, I'm a little concerned that there isn't much brand variety for the Canadian Birchbox right now. There aren't nearly as many brands available in the Canadian Birchbox shop as there is in the US Birchbox shop. Hopefully more products are added over the coming months.

Click here to check out BirchboxCA.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Panty by Post Review - January 2015 - Canadian Undergarment Subscription Box + PROMO CODE!

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Panty by Post
How much? See below
What's in it? A pretty panty in the size and style of your choice. Available in size XS to 5x/

Panty by Post is a premium undergarment subscription service, based in my hometown, Vancouver! Panty by Post sends pretty, luxurious panties to your door every month. Panty by Post has made a few changes to their website and subscription service, so offered to send me another parcel for review.
We have a new and upgraded Panty by Post website and shop. Panty by Post has launched a new shop so now you can buy a premium subscription for our fabulous intimates shipped monthly to your doorstep but also add jewelry, socks and lingerie sets. We have new subscription options too: Basics, Signature and Premium.

The new subscription models are great, and one of them is actually lower than their previous options. Shipping and tax is extra.
  • Everyday Basics: Fill your panty drawer with these comfy, easy breezy, everyday elegant styles.
    • $15 per month. $45 for 3 months. Save 5% on 6 months. Save 10% on 12 months. 
  • Signature Line: A fun collection of playful and sexy bottoms. All are unique, colorful & stylish.
    • $22 per month. $66 for 3 months. Save 5% on 6 months. Save 10% on 12 months.
  • Premium Luxe: Enjoy high end fabrics, ultra feminine cuts and one-of-a kind looks.
    • $35 per month. $105 for 3 months. Save 5% on 6 months. Save 10% on 12 months.

As well as a new shop and subscription options, Panty by Post has also expanded their focus and is trying to incorporate Fair Trade products into their business.
We now buy fair trade products made in Colombia from companies that support single moms, excellent working conditions for employees and have high environmental standards and beliefs. We believe our customers want something more then just our luxe products, they want to buy carefully and support companies that have a holistic vision.  
Panty by Post arrives in a small, relatively flat parcel that fits in a condo-size mail box.The panty comes wrapped nearly in tissue.

Estivo Hipster in Flamingo - Signature Line
This pantie is made in Columbia and is a nylon blend. It's pretty, bright, fun, and comfy! It's very well made with not stitch or string out of place. Estivo is a Colombian swimwear and lingerie company, so I couldn't find a price online, but I have no doubt it is worth the $22 subscription price.

Panty by Post is a great subscription service for lingerie lovers. Every month you get a fun, sexy new surprise in the mail. Who doesn't love sexy surprises!? And these aren't panties you could find at your local mall or Winners store. The new global Fair Trade focus makes Panty by Post even more special. I love that Panty by Post caters to all women, with the most expansive size options of any undergarment subscription I've seen. Whether you are an XS or a 5x, Panty by Post has something for you.

If you are interested in trying Panty by Post, there are a couple promo codes available right now:
  • IMNEW15 saves you $15 on a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription.
  • GET10 saves you $10 off any shop purchase of $30 or more.

 Click here to check out Panty by Post.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Hitha On The Go for Quarterly.Co Review - #HGQ03 Fall 2014 - Lifestyle Subscription Box

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How Much? $50 per quarter plus $20 shipping
What’s in it? Hitha will send items and guides to help you pack light and arrive in style.

Quarterly Co. sends curated packages from people you care about. Boxes contain gifts selected by influential contributors and cultural icons. Currently there are about 30 influencers, curating boxes of everything from technology and toys, to food and cooking, to fashion and home decor, and everything in between.

The Hitha on the Go box is curated by Hitha Palepu, a blogger and travel expert. Every 3 months, Hitha and Quarterly send a package of travel goods and packing accessories. Her blog, Hitha On The Go, offers fabulous travel, packing, and style tips.

This is the third installment of Hitha on the Go's Quarterly box. It was supposed to ship in November. When I still hadn't received a box by December 30th, I e-mailed Quarterly to find out what was up. They apologized and offered to send me a new box right away. This one arrived January 16th and came with a surprise COD fee! This is the third time I have been charged COD by Canada Post on a Quarterly shipment. I e-mailed Quarterly about it and they refunded me the amount paid with no questions asked. Quarterly has great customer service!

Now to the box... it was big at 22 inches long! Upon opening it up, I found most of the space filled with crinkle paper. Hmm.

Each Quarterly mailing includes a letter from the curator, describing the items and explaining why they were selected. Hitha's previous mailings have all had a theme, and this one was no different. For HGQ03, Hitha is teaching us all about efficient packing!
I'm bringing all my favorite products for packing clothing AND the specific system I use for packing clothing in this box. 
"What do I pack and how do I pack it?" Those are the questions Hitha hopes to help us answer with this box. 

Hitha on the Go How to Pack Clothing PDF Guide ($18)
Hitha recently redesigned her website and now offers many of her travel guides for sale as PDFs. All subscribers to HGQ03 received an e-mail with a free download link to "How to Pack Cloths". It's said to be the complete packing guide to help you travel with style and grace. Hitha offers this 13-page guide on her website for $18. It's a good guide and has an interactive section (record trip details, planned activities, brainstorm outfits, write a packing list), but nothing new. Most of the information contained within can easily be found for free on Pinterest. That's where I usually find great packing tips and guides.

The Laundress Fabric Fresh Classic (60ml, $8)
This nontoxic formula with antibacterial properties adds scent while removing odor. Spray to freshen clothing and bedding between washes. Ideal for deodorizing outerwear, car interiors, sneakers, and luggage. Works great for closets and drawers, too!

The Laundress Stain Solution (15ml Packet, $0.99)
Whether you’re rescuing a brand-new shirt or reviving your antique bedding and heirlooms, just one drop of this powerful solution safely removes stubborn stains, old and new. Safe for all washable fabrics—both whites and colors.

Hitha included these items for on-the-go garment care. Hitha insists that everything you pack should be able to be worn twice. A few spritzes of Fabric Fresh will remove odours and prolong the wear-ability of your clothing while traveling. The Stain Solution packet is handy in case of spill emergencies. Both are gentle enough to be used on silk and cashmere. I am familiar with The Laundress and have actually been using Fabric Fresh and Crease Release for years. I'm actually surprised Hitha didn't include a travel size bottle of Crease Release in the box. It's a great product! At first I was perturbed that the Stain Solution was only a packet, rather than the 60ml travel size, but then came to realize spills and stains are usually a rare occurrence, especially on a short trip. Why sacrifice valuable travel real-estate on a bottle you may never need. A couple packets would do just fine, unless you are a messy, clumsy sort.

Kikkerland World Map Laundry Bag ($6)
Stop mixing your dirty clothes with your clean clothes while traveling. The travel laundry bag is perfect for jetsetters everywhere! Holds 6.6LBS or 676 ounces (20 liters) of laundry, and folds up into a compact pouch. Carabiner allows you to clip it to your bag or luggage.

Self explanatory and I'm not sure why I've never used a travel laundry bag in the past.

Mane Message Solid Color Hair Ties (5 Hair Ties, $7)
I hate ribbon hair ties and I'm getting sick of receiving them in boxes, but Hitha provided a great alternative use so I don't have to keep giving mine away. Any efficient packer knows the best way to conserve space in your bag is to roll your clothing rather than fold. Hitha uses ribbon hair ties to secure her clothing rolls and keep them from unraveling. Since ribbon hair ties don't leave creases in your hair, she says the same logic applies with your clothing, "thus reducing the potential for wrinkles and creases in your rolled items". Ahhh... so that's why she didn't include Crease Release!

MiracleFold Junior Size Clothing Folder ($34.99 retail, $23.99 Amazon)
Hitha says this gadget will transform the way we pack AND do laundry. This contraption fold your shirts, sweaters, and dresses perfectly, every single time. Hitha says your drawers and suitcases will never look better. The Junior Size is meant for kids, small clothes, and travel. I'm not convinced on this one... I'm a fan of the "How to Fold a T-Shirt in 5 Seconds" method. I don't know that a plastic board will make much of an impact on my t-shirt drawer, or in my luggage, but I will keep you posted. I have a trip coming up in a few weeks so I will give it a try.

The fall 2014 edition of Hitha on the Go, HGQ03, contained six items, with an approximate retail value of $75 US. This box costs Canadians $70 US ($50 box, plus $20 shipping). The steep shipping fee means much of the value is lost, but it's still a great box if travel and style are interests of yours. I've enjoyed my mailings from Hitha so far, and I have put many of the items and advice I've received to use. Her boxes are always well thought out and include items I never would have thought to use, or items I've learned to use in a new way. I'll be sticking around for HGQ04.

Of note, Quarterly.Co recently sent an e-mail advising of changes for 2015. The text can be viewed here.

I'm excited for the referral program and loyalty perks. The bundled box plans could be great too, if it means saving money (especially on shipping costs!). Another major change is that they are cancelling the no-hassel return policy. Boxes are no longer returnable, unless there is a defect. Not a big deal for Canadian subscribers, since we couldn't take advantage of the free return policy anyway.

If you are interested in HGQ03, it is still available for purchase in Best of Quarterly (so is HGQ01), or subscribe to Hitha on the Go to receive the next box, which ships in February 2015.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Honest Co. Essentials Bundle Review + PROMO CODE

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What is it? The Honest Company
How Much? See below (US$, plus $5.95 shipping and $8.95 Canadian surcharge)
What's in it? See below
  • Essentials Bundle - Mix & match 5 full size personal care & home cleaning essentials.  $39.95/moth
  • Health & Wellness Bundle - Mix & match 2 full size vitamin or supplement products each month.  $39.95/month
  • Diapers & Wipes Bundle -  One month supply of diapers & wipes (6 packages diapers/4 packages wipes). $79.95/month

Founded by Jessica Alba and Chris Gavigan, The Honest Company strives to promote health and sustainability. Honest Company products are safe and non-toxic and backed by their Honestly Free Guarantee.  The Honest Company manufactures and distributes household cleaning products, and bath and body care goods, as well as baby care essentials. Through The Honest Co. you can bundle your favourite products and have them delivered to your door each month.
Our goal is to relieve you of a few tasks by delivering the best family essentials to your doorstep – to simplify your life and bring more delight to every day. Our dream is to re-define the "family brand" and create something – with you – that's better for all families, everywhere.
The Honest Company offers a Diapers & Wipes Bundle, an Essentials Bundle of household and body products, and a Health & Wellness Bundle with vitamins and supplements. Honest offers free trials of each bundle. Just pay $5.95 shipping and get a trial size selection of their top products from each category. You can try out one bundle, or all three. Once signed up for the trial, you are automatically enrolled in the membership program, so unless you cancel within the required time, you will continue to be billed and receive shipments from The Honest Co. each month.
  • The Diapers & Wipes Bundle free trial includes 7 diapers and 10 wipes. You can chose size and design.
  • The Essentials Bundle free trial includes 5 trial size natural, non-toxic personal care & home cleaning essentials - Shampoo + Body Wash, Face + Body Lotion, Healing Balm, Hand Soap, and Multi-Surface Cleaner.
  • The Health & Wellness Bundle free trial includes a 1-day sample of ultra-pure, whole-food based supplements for your family. Choose between Prenatal and DHA/Omega 3 or Baby & Toddler Multi Powder and Kid's Chewable Multi-Vitamin.
This is my fourth Honest Co. Essentials Bundle delivery. I posted about my free trial here, but I didn't post about my two previous full shipments. From my last two shipments, I've already tried almost all the cleaning products. So far I have 4 in 1 Laundry Packs, Dish Soap, Stain Remover, Floor Cleaner, Bathroom Cleaner, Toilet Cleaner, Oxy Boost, Dryer Cloths, Fruit & Veggie Wash, and Multi Surface Cleanser. Yup, I've tried it all! For my third full size bundle, I opted for a few new products, along with a couple tried and true products.

Honest Laundry Detergent (2L, $12.95)
Naturally clean stubborn stains & life's unexpected messes without toxic chemicals or synthetic scents. Perfect for babies & sensitive skin and ALL your laundry needs.

Honest 4 in 1 Laundry Packs (50 packs, $15.95)
Enjoy the natural cleaning, brightening, softening, and stain-fighting power of plants and minerals in handy packs. No pouring. No spills. No worries. Just toss and wash!
I used a promo code from Black Friday to get an extra item added to my bundle for free. I love these laundry packs, and they are the most expensive item in the line up, so naturally I chose a bag of laundry packs for my free product!

Honest Dishwasher Packs (32 packs, $10.95)
All the shine, none of the grime! Our mineral and plant-based packs deliver a wallop with dual-action cleaning and degreasing power that leaves your dishes gleaming. Concentrated. Convenient. Crazy clean dishes.

Honest Hand Soap in Mandarin (355ml, $4.95)
Naturally refresh, and cleanse your hands with pure plant-based ingredients - perfect for the whole family!

Honest Air & Fabric Freshener in Orange Cypress (295ml, $6.95)
Naturally eliminate odors & refresh fabrics without the use of harsh, synthetic chemicals or masking agents. Leaves nothing behind but the refreshing scent of essential oils & botanicals!
I didn't love this scent so I wouldn't order this one again.

This month my Honest Essentials Bundle included six items, with a retail value of $67.70. Normally a bundle only contains five items, but I received a bonus item free using a Black Friday promo code. Without the bonus item, the value of the five items I received is $51.75. An Honest Essentials Bundle costs $39.95, plus $5.95 shipping, plus $8.95 Canadian surcharge, which means this bundle cost me $54.85 US. Without the bonus item, this is my lowest value bundle to date, mostly because I added two low value items (hand soap and room spray). Since Canadians pay $54.85 per bundle (including shipping & fees), I normally try to include five high value items in my bundle to make it worthwhile. Each month you can add up to three additional items to your bundle at 25% off, so I will add the lower value items as add-ons. Also, if your order is more than $50, the $5.95 shipping fee is waived, so it makes sense to take advantage of the add-on option. You still have to pay the $8.95 Canadian surcharge though.

I like the Honest Company Essentials Bundle because it is easy, customizable, and automatic. When  you sign up for the recurring Honest Essentials Bundle, you can choose 5 full size products each month from the Bath & Body and Cleaning categories. With every order, you can select 5 new products, or stick with your favourites. It's totally up to you. Your bundle is completely customizable. You can select when your bundle ships and how often (which means you can skip months!).

If safe, natural, non-toxic household and body products are important to you, you may want to check out The Honest Company. You can save $10 off your first full bundle by using my referral link and entering promo code INVITED10 at checkout! Promo applies to first time subscribers only.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Little Life Box Review - January 2015 - Canadian Health Conscious Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review.
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What is it? Little Life Box
How Much? $19.99 CDN per month plus $3.95 shipping. Tax extra. Save on 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions.
What’s in it? Over a dozen organic, natural health conscious samples. Vegan box available as well.  

Little Life Box is a Canadian subscription service that sends a box full of healthy and sustainable products for you to sample and discover. Products may include snacks, cosmetics, supplements, vitamins, and more. Items included in the box varies each month, and Little Life Box guarantees that you will never receive the exact same product sample twice.

Little Life Box doesn't include a product card, since there are so many variations of the monthly box. Instead, subscribers can check out a list of products on-line. The products aren't organized in any particular way, but there is a search function to make finding what you are looking for a bit easier.

First look!

GoGo Quinoa and Vegetable Instant Soup Mix (65g 3-serving pouch, $2.50 value)
Quinoa Instant Soup is gluten free and a good source of protein and calcium.
I'm really interested in this sample. It's an instant soup mix with quinoa and dehydrated vegetables.

Pure Organic Foods White Royal Quinoa (500g full size, $9.99 retail)
Royal Quinoa, from Bolivia is considered the most nutritional and most delicious of all others. Given the conditions of where it's grown Royal Quinoa grains contain higher amino acid levels and higher protein content. "Royal" Quinoa only grows in the salt flats of Bolivia. 
We have received other brands of quinoa from LLB, but Pure Organic is a new one.

Calbee Snapea Crisps (21g single serving, $1.18 value)
The smooth, mild flavor of the pea is already delicious. So why mess with Mother Nature? They simply sprinkled it with a little salt to bring out the flavor and, voilà! Natural goodness, made great.
I've tried these before and I'm not a fan.

Tasty Bite Channa Masala (285g full size, $2.99 retail) 
This classic Indian recipe is a favorite in most Indian restaurants. We slow-simmer chickpeas in a delicious blend of onions, tomatoes, and aromatic spices. 
I just saw these for sale at Save on Foods and I plan to make butter chicken this week, so this will make a great side dish.

Camino Hazelnut Milk Chocolate Bar (100g full size, $4.29 retail)
This is the staple bar to have, the one everyone loves. Its crunch and creaminess will make you melt! Certified Organic, Fairtrade Certified, Kosher, Gluten free.
Chocolate is always welcomed into my home and I love the other Camino products I've received.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts (15g sample, $1.00 value)
There’s no need to grind or cook Hemp Hearts as they are ready to eat straight from the bag, making them simple to incorporate into your diet! Hemp Hearts may look little, but they contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegas per 30 gram serving - more than a comparable serving of Flax or Chia.
A true single serving size is 25g for $1.49 each.

Naked Teas Galore Organic Roasted Coconut Ceylon Tea (10g, $1.30 value)
Smooth - Nutty Tea with a hint of Roasted Coconut. 
Naked Teas is based in Langley, just a 30 minute drive from my house. How's that for local? They also included a great promo code to get a Smart Tea Maker free with a $50 purchase.

Natracare Organic & Natural Feminine Hygiene Sample Pack (Free Promo Sample)
Organic & natural women sample pack includes: tampons, ultra pads, pantyliners and a wipe. Natracare products are created by Susie Hewson out of concern to help protect both women's health and the environment.  They are comfortable, reliable and reassuringly natural.
This sample pack contains one liner, one pad, one tampon, and one applicator-free tampon. It's a great way to sample the entire Natracare line. Natruacare is available from well.ca, starting at $3.49.

Natracare Cleansing Make-up Removal Wipes (Free Promo Wipe)
NatraCare Cleansing Makeup Removal Wipes are fully certified organic and 99.6% natural! Gently remove make-up, moisturize, soothe skin, and leave your skin cleansed, all in one step, without feeling dry.
I love getting wipes in subscription boxes. I use them all! These are available from well.ca in a 20 pack for $9.29 CDN.

Idoine Night Facial Cream (7g sample,  $12.13 value)
Make the most of your sleep cycles and deeply moisturize your skin. This rich night cream will protect your skin thanks to its precious essential oils that will reduce the look of lines as well as regenerate your skin the whole night through.
In December we received a sample of the Anti Wrinkle Facial Cream, and now we get to try the Night Facial Cream.

Goddess Garden Organics Sunny Body Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 (6ml sample packet) 
Our formulas are all 100% biodegradable and are filled with nourishing organic ingredients like aloe vera and sunflower oil. With 40 minutes of water resistance and broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 protection, our natural sunscreen will keep your family safe from the sun wherever you go!
I go through A LOT of sunscreen and really should consider switching to a more health conscious version, so I am very interested in trying this product.

The January Little Life Box included 11 products, valued over $35. It's a great mix of products, with some full size and some sample size. I love that Little Life Box includes everything from snacks, supplements, and meal items, to personal care, beauty and body products. It's a great way to test a variety of natural and health conscious products, and it's a great way to discover products you may not normally come across on your own. I've discovered a few great products from Little Life Box and I now buy a few of them regularly. Sunbutter is one such product.

If you are interested in ordering a one month trial box to see what Little Life Box has to offer (rather than committing to a month-to-month recurring subscription), you can use promo code jill20 to get 20% off the cost of a trial box. This brings the cost down to $21.55 plus tax, including shipping.

Click here if you are interested in trying Little Life Box. Order by January 31st and you will get the February box!

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